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Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES)

The NIHR School for Public Health Research is committed to addressing the challenges faced by front line public health professionals, wherever they work: in Local Authority public health teams or other departments; in the third sector; or in the NHS and social care settings.

To contribute to this goal, we have set up the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES). PHPES aims to support SPHR to work in partnership with public health professionals across a range of sectors, in order to evaluate innovative local projects, policies, strategies or initiatives (hereafter called ‘interventions’) that have the potential to improve population health or reduce inequalities in health.

Find out more about completed PHPES funded evaluations here.

This call is now closed

Public health professionals are now invited to register their interest for PHPES 2019. Details of how to register can be found in the Guidance for Applicants (PDF) or here. Please note, the application process requires collaboration to complete, therefore it is advised that you register your interest by end of April/early May 2019.

What the scheme offers

The scheme offers public health professionals working in any sector in England, an opportunity to:

  • collaborate with leading public health researchers to evaluate interventions. This can take the form of evaluation of local initiatives and/or multi-site comparative evaluations
  • generate and share research that could support more effective policy or practice nationally
  • provide evidence on the feasibility, affordability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions
  • explore the possibility that an innovative intervention may be replicated in other areas
  • receive funding to cover the cost of the evaluation (between £50k and £250k)

The intervention can focus on changing the environment in which people live and work – natural, built, social, financial, regulatory or cultural – promoting healthy individual behaviour, or both. SPHR will also consider interventions aimed at improving health services where the outcome is improved population health (e.g. a new care pathway or configuration).

To be eligible for research support from SPHR, the intervention should:

  • aim to improve population health and/or reduce health inequalities
  • have the potential to be of benefit in other parts of England
  • have secure funding throughout the duration of the evaluation (normally up to 2 years)
  • relate to one or more of the SPHR programmes and themes.



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